Like most shepherds, my wait for spring lambs begins many months before breeding begins in October. There are pedigrees to peruse, sheep to be evaluated with a ruthless eye before breeding pairs are considered, ram lambs to watch as they mature from cute baby lambs with “potential” into, hopefully, breeding quality animals.
A shorter wait – just 9 to 10 weeks, but almost as exciting is the wait to see what happens from this event…
Dave came across this box turtle and called me to see. Neither of us has ever seen a turtle lay eggs, but since I don’t think that turtles are like cats in digging holes for latrines, egg laying seemed a good guess.
the depth of the burrow was deeper than I would have thought she could dig. She laid five eggs.
We’ve marked the burrow and will keep an eye on it in the hopes of seeing the newborns emerge. Even if we miss that event, it was special to see the beginning of new turtle life.
Another reptilian visitor was not so welcome!